NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

TIME & DATE: 10:00AM, Thursday, June 27, 2002

PLACE: El Paso, Texas

CHAIR: Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Municipal Building (City Hall), 2 Civic Center Plaza

I.    Call to Order

II.   Opening Remarks

III.  Discussion of Committee Charges 1, 4, 5 and 6

      A.  Monitor developments at the federal level regarding the
          Federal Base Realignment and Base Closure (BRAC) process, and
          the implementation of SB 1815, 77th Legislature, relating
          to loan assistance for communities affected by BRAC.

      B.  Monitor the implementation of the following legislation from
          the 77th Session:  HB 310 relating to veterans cemeteries;
          HB 2125 relating to public school admission for military
          personnel and dependents; and SB 1159 relating to providing
          state veteran services.  The Committee shall also evaluate
          the cost-effectiveness of programs and benefits provided to
          veterans and their families by state agencies.  The Committee
          should consider veterans programs administered by the U.S.
          Department of Veterans Affairs.

      C.  Assess the impact of the current military mobilization on
          persons called to active duty and their families.  The
          Committee should examine state and federal statutes
          concerning active reservists and guardsmen and make
          recommendations, if necessary.

      D.  Monitor the current mobilization of Texas military forces and
          the role of National Guard armories to determine if increased
          assistance from the state is necessary for an efficient and
          timely response.

IV.   Invited and Public Testimony

V.    Recess